Claire's blog

New court case to challenge government on climate targets


"On 20th March we have our first Court hearing - we must persuade the Court we have an arguable case that merits a full hearing. We are confident that once the Court understand that our governments inaction on climate change is based on a mistake, our case will proceed to a formal hearing. While we expect to be successful with this, in theory this could be our only Court hearing, so we must make the most of it. Permission hearings usually take place at 10am or 10.30 am, but we won't know the precise time or Court number until the afternoon of 19 March. So, whatever the time of the Court hearing we're going to stage a solidarity event outside the Royal Courts of Justice between 9am and 10am."

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New consultation proposes stripping fracking decisions from local councils

Fracking has a serious public relations problem. The latest government opinion poll found that just 16% support fracking, with 32% opposed. And the more heavily industry pushes, the more local communities dig their feet in. Recently, Conservative-controlled Derbyshire county council planning committee voted nine to one not to support a fracking application by Ineos - the fourth example in less than fortnight of English councils opposing onshore gas plans.

But will councils in the future have the chance to vote on fracking applications or will the decision be taken out of their hands?

Budget bad news for renewables as Treasury stalls subsidies

Unheralded by Philip Hammond in his speech, this year's Budget contained an alarming announcement for renewable energy: there will be “no new low carbon electricity levies until 2025”. 

Commitments made in the government ’s Clean Growth Strategy will not be affected: existing Contracts for Difference (including Hinkley Point C) and existing commitments under regulatory schemes such as the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariffs, and up to £557 million (in 2011-12 prices) for additional Contracts for Difference (most of the latter to be spent on offshore wind).